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She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement

For many years, reporters had tried to get to the truth about Harvey Weinstein's treatment of women. Rumors of
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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Penguin Press
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Christine (Queen of Books) I have. I think the books work well together, but are different enough to warrant reading both.

To me, She Said is about women - about Kantor and…more
I have. I think the books work well together, but are different enough to warrant reading both.

To me, She Said is about women - about Kantor and Twohey reaching out to them, encouraging them to tell their stories, and then them ultimately coming together and doing just that. Catch and Kill, I think, is more about power and influence with respect to news - what allows predators to continue their behavior? In that sense I think the titles do a great job of giving you an idea as to the focus of the books. Hope this helps.(less)

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Lex Kent
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I really am a fiction girl, but every once in a while a true story or biography will catch my attention. She Said, is written by the two women NYT reporters that helped to take Harvey Weinstein down and poured gasoline on the #Me Too movement. This is the inside story of all the witnesses, sexual assault survivors, and enablers of Weinstein. Since this was one of the biggest stories of the decade, I thought it was important enough to take the time to read.

I want to mention the big stars first.
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Alok Mishra
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a brave book - no doubt. This is a timely book aptly extended to the public. It certainly inspires the readers by letting them learn that how breaking the silence and pointing the finger at a pervert can be the best thing to do - when there is nothing else to be done. However, from a neutral perspective, the perspective of a reader, the book is written in a wayward manner that can pull the inappropriate strings of boredom at times. I think only the readers who can cope with an ...more
Sahitya
I will not presume to be in any way capable of reviewing this brilliant book because it’s an extremely well written true account of the investigation and brings to light some systemic truths that we probably are well aware of, but haven’t seen discussed openly a lot. Instead, I think I’ll just share how I felt while reading it.

I’ve only lived in the US for less than a decade now and while I have a seen a Hollywood movie or two since childhood, I’ve never been much knowledgeable about the
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Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook...read by the two co-authors, Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and Rebecca Lowman. (known herself in the Audiobook world).

This professional memoir reads like a true crime thriller... with outstanding top-notch-in-depth-investigating and reporting.

How does an Hollywood ‘outsider’ get Angelina Jolie‘s phone number? Fascinating explosive details of the unfolding of the biggest sexual scandal in Hollywood.

Isn’t it just a ‘little’ tempting to except $100,000 a month to keep quiet?

The two New
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Tatiana
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
I thought I understood how high the risks were for women to stand up publicly against their powerful abusers. But I didn't, really.

A must read for every person who responded to an accusation by a woman with a question "But why didn't she go to the police right away?"
Kathleen
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kantor and Twohey are the two New York Times investigative reporters that broke the story about Harvey Weinstein’s habitual sexual harassment towards women. [More than 80 women have come forward to-date.] The two journalists had to wade through a flood of bullying tactics Weinstein used to keep these women’s stories silent for so long. Weinstein used his wealth to hire top-tier attorneys to craft airtight confidentiality agreements that his accusers had to sign in order to receive compensation. ...more
Tessa
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have slightly mixed feelings about “She Said,” not due to the subject matter or message, but just with the way the book is formatted. The Weinstein investigation section, which takes up the bulk of the book, is thrilling, an account of investigative journalism at its finest. Secret meetings with sources, computer systems meant to keep developing stories accessible to only a handful of writers and editors, the delicate phrasing needed to get a source to talk or to go on record, the difficult ...more
Mara
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, ebook-owned
For those wondering if you should read both this book and CATCH AND KILL, I would say the answer is yes. While CAK is more focused on the drama of the reporting, this incorporates the story of getting the story within the broader context of how the Weinstein reporting fit into the cultural moment that allowed it to kick "me too" into high gear. This account also has a lot more build out of the Weinstein organization & detailing how his predation was a part of toxic pattern within a ...more
Malia
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a truly gripping book about the origins of the Me Too movement and in particular, the way a small team of dedicated journalists uncovered the Harvey Weinstein abuse scandal. Of course, much of this has already been in the media, but the behind-the-scenes look at how the story came together, the work and time and emotional tribulations that went into it make it an absolutely worthwhile read. Recommended!

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Stacy
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend
Marion
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I read it in one sitting. Ultimately it was unbelievable, all too real, enraging, and hopeful. Highly recommended for those who have been following the #metoo movement.
Candie
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! The writing is amazing, filled with so many details but it still flows great and is very readable. You can definitely tell it is written by two professional journalists.

This book made me so angry and just breaks my heart how so many people knew about some of these things and it still went on for so many years, and happened to so many women. These men are disgusting. And even after they came forward how can so many people actually blame the women? I can't even comprehend how this
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Miss Marple
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a thoroughly fascinating read. Maybe it's because I'm a journalist myself, but I find that the steps towards breaking a story are often as interesting or even more than the story itself. People usually read the finished product, and can't even imagine how much work and effort comes before, especially in such a sensitive and revealing matter as the years of sexual harassment committed by Harvey Weinstein.

Most of what is told here about Harvey Weinstein himself is well known by now, as
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Laura Mcgee
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could NOT put this book down. It’s absolutely fascinating, reading about the investigation that finally led to Harvey Weinstein being held accountable. The authors (the same heroines who did the reporting for The NY Times story on Weinstein) manage to explain their story in incredible, page turning detail, but they then move into the larger issue of the #metoo era, and finally, to Brett Kavanaugh.
I highly recommend everyone read this book, it has certainly given me a good deal to think about.
Simon Pressinger
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just days before the Times published the October 2017 article that would change the world, Harvey Weinstein was reported lying to a magazine saying he knew nothing about the allegations (he’d known for months and was deeply involved). He also said something ironically very true: that this story would make a great movie. It would. It really is like an All the President’s Men for the 21st Century.

It’s amazing how the story pans out, what unbelievable things come to the surface, the relentless
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Laura Tremaine
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such an important book. I almost didn’t get this one, because I followed the Harvey Weinstein story and the unfolding #MeToo movement pretty closely, and thought it would be a rehash if those things. But my friend Yasmin mentioned that we should support these books and this journalism with our dollars, even if we didn’t read every word. I agreed, and ultimately ended up listening to the audio book and I’m so glad I did.

Because I didn’t know (or remember) exactly how this story went
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Jennie
Nothing I like better than a good investigative reporting story, especially about a topic I follow fairly closely. I tore through this. The writing was very good, both in clarity and structure. A must read for anyone interested in Me Too or journalism. WaPo called it "an instant classic of investigative journalism" and they are not wrong.

Content warnings for discussions of sexual assault and harassment
Neville Longbottom
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2019
4.5 - In October of 2017, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey at The New York Times were the first to break the story about Harvey Weinstein’s harassment of women and his trail of secret settlements to keep the women silent. This book follows how they investigated the story, found sources and convinced them to go on the record, and what lengths Weinstein went to in order to try and stop the story. Later on the book pivots away from the Weinstein story to more broadly cover the #MeToo movement, ...more
HR-ML
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
NY Times journalists Jodi & Megan (hereafter J+M)
spent 3 years investigating movie producer Harvey
Weinstein's sexual harassment, alleged rape and
threats against actresses and employees. HW & his
younger brother Bob managed Miramax (award-
winning film studio) & Weinstein C0. J+M tracked
HW's exploits to 1990 and even further backward.
The authors tracked 8-12 women who were pd off &
forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA).
The authors concluded the NDA made money for the
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Krutika Puranik
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She Said - #bookrecommendation
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Very rarely I stumble upon a book that's as powerful as this one. You watch the celebrities on the red carpet with their magnificent gowns and flawless smiles but what we don't know is the ugly truth that lurks just behind their appearances. Harvey Weinstein founded Miramax production house which soon became known for debuting stunning actors. For years, Weinstein ruled the world of Hollywood by using his powers to make women submit to his needs. He threatened his
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Gail
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From page one, "She Said" was one of the most riveting books I've read all year. The ex-journalist in me was in awe of the hundreds (thousands?) of hours Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey invested in breaking open the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. These women are 21st-century heroes who helped inspire a generation of women and men to no longer be afraid to speak up.

Thank you, Jodi and Megan, for your remarkable reporting and for (in the second half of your book) giving us a
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Chris
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was unputdownable. As a former reporter, I love books that show the behind the scenes of a big news story and how it happened and this traced how two tenacious reporters broke the Harvey Weinstein story. As they were writing the book, the Christine Blasley Ford story came out. Thank goodness there are still reporters out there who won't stop until they get the story.
Holly
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I liked this a lot, but it's not the whole story. I found myself wondering when I'd hear about Salma Hayak, Mira Sorvino, etc. - and I never did, because this is the New York Times investigation-It's what Kantor and Twohey actually learned, uncovered, and reported on in the early stages of the Weinstein investigation - which is as it should be. They give a step by step account - at times minute-by-minute - so the text is as compelling as the real-world storyline. I found the Christine Blasey ...more
Kat
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hot fire, this book is excellent! Reading like an extremely well-written mystery novel, this stunning and riveting true account of Jodi & Megan’s heroic journalism is unputdownable. “If the story was not shared, nothing would change.”
Bhaskar
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful.
Rupal Dalal
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Written in a riveting, fact-based manner - I couldn’t put it down. A must-read for anyone who is a woman or knows a woman.
Katelyn Beaty
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Should be required reading for every undergraduate journalism class. Meticulously documented, clear, compelling, enraging ... timely and yet could be read 50 years from now on how to follow a story to its grisly yet cathartic end.
Trishita (TrishReviews_ByTheBook)
‘There will be a movement’ threatened Harvey Weinstein, in retaliation to the New York Times article coming out on October 5, 2017 accusing him of over thirty years of sexual predation.
There WAS a movement, surely, but not in his support, nothing like he imagined, nothing like anyone could have predicted. The #MeToo movement came roaring and all teeth bared for a stand down with powerful predatory men across workplaces, across industries and countries. Everywhere around the world the power
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Carolyn
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
An excellent and effective book on an important moment in the #MeToo Movement.

She Said covers the ins and outs of the thrilling and risky work that Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey did to break a story of repeated sexual violence committed by a famous and powerful man. It reveals the various celebrities and former company employees who, either on- or off-record, confirmed a history of harassment, rape, and consequent non-disclosure bribery by Harvey Weinstein. Brave women in a world where it's so
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Di Richardson
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Listened too the audio version of this book. I recently listened to a NYT podcast that discussed some mor shocking elements of this book, but it is still a lot to unpack. Written by the two reporters that spent months substantiating the rumors that finally took down Harvey Weinstein I don’t think I was really surprised by the number of women that were assaulted and abused, and utterly terrified of HW...he thing that gets me is how many other people knew about it, particularly the lawyers, and ...more
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Jodi Kantor has covered the world of Barack and Michelle Obama since the beginning of 2007, also writing about Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Richard Holbrooke, Eric Holder and many others along the way. She is on temporary hiatus from the newspaper to work on a book about the Obamas, to be published by Little, Brown in 2011.

Ms. Kantor graduated from Columbia and attended Harvard Law
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“Jodi cut to the point: The United States had a system for muting sexual harassment claims, which often enabled the harassers instead of stopping them. Women routinely signed away the right to talk about their own experiences. Harassers often continued onward, finding fresh ground on which to commit the same offenses. The settlements and confidentiality agreements were almost never examined in law school classrooms or open court. This was why the public had never really understood that this was happening. Even those in the room with long histories of covering gender issues had never fully registered what was going on.” 3 likes
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